We met in the lobby of an art-house movie theater. I noticed his face first: broad, with blue eyes and a neatly trimmed goatee. When I let myself look below his face, I was pleasantly surprised — not thin, no, but kind of bearlike, in black pants and a silk shirt that didn’t cling. “I wasn’t expecting the freckles,” he said, and I blushed.
My fiancé and I were lying in bed one night in the spring of 2005 talking about our upcoming wedding when he felt a lump in my left breast. He's a doctor—he could tell something was wrong—and he immediately started pushing on my armpit. A few days later, on April 3, less than two months before our wedding, I learned that I had stage 2b breast cancer, and that it had spread to my lymph nodes. I always wanted to meet my prince and get engaged—and now, this. I was the bride-to-be with breast cancer.
I’ll admit it. I was smug when I got married. Maybe that’s because I was old for a blushing first-time bride—48, to be precise—and I believed that with those years came certainty. When I walked down that aisle on my wedding day, my steps may have been hesitant in my too-high blue suede pumps, but I was absolutely sure that I was headed in the right direction. I’d looked long and hard for a man to be my mate. I even lived with someone. But that relationship, like the others, fizzled.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
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World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
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find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".